2010 Geoff Tate Columbia Valley Insania White Wine, WA $3.99

Silverdale, WA    13.5% alc.    (Purchased on 9/20/14)
62% Semillon 38% Sauvignon Blanc

IMG_1757For those old-timers like me who were unaware, Geoff Tate is the lead singer of NW 80’s heavy metal band Queensryche.  His wines are/were produced by Three Rivers Winery in Walla Walla (aka. W2).  The Three Rivers site no longer appears to list his wines, but this one got a great review by Wine Enthusiast and local wine writer/wine producer Paul Gregutt in July 2012.  It’s holding up very well.

Clear pale straw; a somewhat earthy nose of roasted grain, flintstone, subtle lime zest and sage.  In the mouth, it’s bone dry and tart; nicely balanced with extract and mouthfeel (due to extended skin contact?); flavors similar to the aromas with the additional taste of grapefruit and grapefruit pith.  A pretty good facsimile of a decent white Bordeaux i.e. Graves.

This wine is very reminiscent, to me, of the first dry white WA wines I ever had…in particular a 100% Semillon that Associated Vintners (now Columbia Winery) used to produce.  Actually, if I remember correctly, Napa Valley’s Clos Du Val also used to produce a delicious and very dry Semillon.  Semillons usually age quite well and they can be the perfect accompaniment to steamed clams and mussels or oysters raw on the half shell.  I believe the Silverdale store only got one case of this wine and last I checked there were but three bottles remaining.


2 thoughts on “2010 Geoff Tate Columbia Valley Insania White Wine, WA $3.99

  1. lim13 Post author

    Indeed, Darrell. The variety has such unique flavors and nuances…and it has ageability. BTW, this wine is now gone from Silverdale…unless another shipment shows up.

  2. Darrell

    Lim, you remember correctly about Clos vu Val’s Semillon. They were true to type and it’s a shame not many wineries make a straight Semillon.


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